History Between Fethiye and Kalkan

23rd, 2012
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To the east of Fethiye and around the road of Fethiye-Kalkan there are important ancient cities. You really should see these Lycian cities.
Let us begin with a visit to Cadianda on the western side of Fethiye. Later there we will come to Letoon, Pınara, Sidyma, Arsada and ending with Xanthos and Patara. You cannot do it all in one day. If you were to give them one day each, choose to see Pınara, Letoon, Xanthos and Patara.

20 kilometres from Fethiye to the west, near the Üzümlü district there is the ancient city of Candianda, known as Cadavandi in the Lycian language. The history of the city goes back as far as the 5th century BC, while it was a very lively and rich settlement under the Romans.
The city is 600 metres above the sea level and is surrounded by a wall that is made of fine stone. To the south of the entrance there are four Lycian tombs, believed to be from the 4th century BC. Three of the tombs are in the style of a house but are somewhat damaged. The fourth tomb is cut into a block of stone and has a relief of a man lying on a sofa on its south face and a mounted figure attacking an enemy with his spear and shield on the north side. At the northern entrance of the acropolis there are the ruins of what are believed to a part of a Doric style temple and also the remains of a stone carved bath from the Roman period, believed to have been built by the Emperor Vespasianus. On the hill where the city is located, tucked into the slope, is a small theatre. The western part of the seating area is still firm though where the stage was has been completely demolished.
In the centre of the city the ruins that cover an area of nine metres in width and 900 metres in length are believed to be those of the stadium. Moreover, there are lots of references made to athleticism tournaments held in the city of Cadianda. In addition, plinths of statues of successful athletes around the supposed stadium area strengthen the theory.

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